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Tablao de Carmen – A temple of Flamenco in Barcelona

Written by Christine

Spanish culture is rich in music and dance and one of the most well-known styles is flamenco, a distinctive style of music accompanied by dancing and singing originating from the southern region of Andalusia, as well as in Murcia and Extremadura. While flamenco is most popular and traditional in the south, there are still many places in Barcelona where you can have the chance to see and hear what makes it such a captivating experience. At Tablao de Carmen you can take in everything flamenco and immerse yourself in Spanish culture.

The venue

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Tablao de Carmen was established in 1988 and named after the famed flamenco dancer Carmen Amaya, a Barcelona native and regarded as the best flamenco dancer of all time. She traveled around the world and brought flamenco to the forefront, performing for presidents, appearing in films, and becoming the first woman to dance in matador pants instead of the traditional gypsy dress. Tablao de Carmen is designed to look like a traditional patio Cordobés, with potted flowers and arches that are reminiscent of the beautiful Andalusian city where flamenco has deep roots. Bathed in warm colors and dim lighting, the atmosphere helps you to focus on the sensation and magic of the flamenco performance.

Address: Avinguda de Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 13

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Performers

The performers at Tablao de Carmen use and perform all aspects of flamenco song and dance to create their shows, including singing, guitar playing, and dancing. Different styles of flamenco are performed involving both male and female dancers who dance alone or in pairs. Many famous performers have passed through the venue, as well as lesser-known or local dancers, who amaze crowds with the sounds and sights of flamenco. The musicians, singers, and dancers work together in harmony to make everything come together, creating a spectacle that won’t be soon forgotten by spectators.

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Take in a show

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Shows are offered daily at 6 PM and 8:30 PM. Since Tablao de Carmen is located inside Poble Espanyol and the entrance to this monument is included in the cost of the ticket. You can visit the grounds before the show and walk around the Andalusian quarter to learn more about the culture and heritage of the region.

Tickets range in prices depending on where you want to sit and which food menu you choose to go with your show experience. The cheapest option is the show plus a drink, or you can go all-out and try the menu that includes some of the best dishes that Andalusian cuisine has to offer. Either way, you are guaranteed to have a unique Andalusian cultural experience while never leaving the heart of Catalonia.

Have you visited Tablao de Carmen? Tell us about your experience in the comments!

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Tablao de Carmen – A temple of Flamenco in Barcelona
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Christine

Christine is a traveler, teacher, writer, and beach-lover, exploring Barcelona one tapa at a time!

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